- Posted March 29, 2012 by
New York, New York
Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?
effective brushing With the proper brushing and hygiene techniques, your cleaning skills will be more than effective to clean the plaque off your teeth and prevent future tooth decay. There is no need to over scrub your teeth.
If you're using a manual brush, it should always be a soft bristle toothbrush. I wouldn't recommend buying a hard bristle one unless you're planning to use it to clean the grout on your bathroom tiles! Hard bristles are too harsh for teeth and not necessary to do an effective cleaning job.
The proper technique is to move the brush over the teeth in a circular motion. Never use a front to back "sawing" motion.
A typical brushing routine should include brushing at least two to three times a day for two minutes, breaking up the time evenly amongst the different areas of the mouth.
If you're using a manual toothbrush, we recommend switching to an electric one. They often have two-minute timers built in with a beep to remind you to switch to the next part of your mouth and give a nice uniform amount of pressure. Electric toothbrushes do most of the work and help you resist the urge to scrub too hard.
Concerned that you're still brushing incorrectly?
Be sure to ask your dentist for tips and a demonstration during your next dental visit.